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Witching for General Patton

October 28, 2012 - Michael Palmer
According to a New York Times article, October 11, 1967, U.S. Marine engineers used dowsing to help save American lives in Viet Nam. The Marines dowsed to locate tunnels, hidden ammunition, booby traps, and enemy food caches. ASD trustee, Louis Maticia, was the dowser who ran the program and taught the Marines to dowse.

This was not the first time the U.S. military used dowsing to help the troops at war. General George Patton used dowsing to find fresh water for his advancing troops in North Africa during World War II. The Germans had blown up the water wells when they retreated to prevent the American troops from having water to sustain the army in the desert terrain.

According to one account, Patton, took a risk, then he informed his staff about the water problem during a meeting with his staff, and they analyzed their position and came up with a solution: map dowsing. Patton took immediate action and put a trusted Colonel on a plane to Virginia. When the Colonel landed, Patton had prearranged a meeting with a dowser who used a map directly handed from the Colonial showing where the American encampments were and a general area where they needed the water to be pinpointed. Keep in mind that the dowser probably had a large map and had to be very precise. A topographical map, also known as a topo map, is typically essential for water or pinpointing the location of missing persons. So coordination and communication with the dowser was crucial for the thousands of troops needing water for the war effort. Once the task was completed the Colonel took the information and flew back to North Africa – that same day. Patton had the well drilled the next day, and eureka! Thousands of gallons of water came out of the drill hole for all of his men. More water than they needed. I would guesstimate and say probably enough water for a small city. This was an impressive move on Patton's part, with great risks of humiliation, but it panned out.

Other versions report Pattton flew an entire Willow tree to the desert, but all versions of the story agree that it did indeed happen.

In Harrison County it is as dry as a desert.

One neighor has a well that produced 8 gallons per minute when drilled, it is now a dry hole.

My well is dry. In addition thebottom dropped out of the well. Which is a well driller term for the flow has reversed, instead of water running into the well, now it is running out!

Thus I have to pump from a storage tank. Just as easy as runnig a hose, right! WRONG!

A venturi and foot valve have to be added along with disconecting the pump from the old well, which I do not wish to abandon. Even though the water witcher said that there was no longer any water in the well.

It could come back. Since a new well is $7,000- I pray it does.

Sandy is bringing much needed rain, so we will wait and see if the water returns.

If not, call the water witch and a loan officer.


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